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Casey is key to Dungannon's title hopes


Top scorer: Damien Casey can lead the way for Dungannon
Top scorer: Damien Casey can lead the way for Dungannon
John Campbell

By John Campbell

Eoghan Ruadh, Dungannon have certainly been chalking up the scores to date in the Ulster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship.

A 4-16 to 3-15 win over Lisbellaw at the quarter-final stage was followed by a 1-16 to 0-15 victory against Keady in a keenly-contested semi-final and today the Tyrone champions hope to maintain their accuracy when they face St Enda's Glengormley in the provincial decider at Owenbeg (4pm).

The bulk of those Dungannon scores were landed by Damien Casey and he can expect to come in for some close attention from the St Enda's defence in what should prove to be a pulsating decider.

St Enda's are not without their own scoring machinery with Mark Donaghy, Ryan Bogue, Ruairi Donaghy and Philly Curran among their sharpshooters up front, and having claimed two important scalps in Banagher and Bredagh they will be keen to follow in the footsteps of their successful footballing colleagues and lift the provincial intermediate title.

Meanwhile, Coleraine Eoghan Rua will field a battery of dual players when they take on Newry Shamrocks in the Ulster Club Junior Hurling Championship final at The Dub, Belfast today (2pm).

Ruairi Mooney, Sean Leo McGoldrick and Niall Holly have not only played football at senior level for their club but they have represented Derry in the past and will bring a considerable ration of experience to the table this afternoon.

The north west side have already registered two impressive wins in the Ulster series by beating Cavan champions Mullahoran by 1-12 to 0-6 and overcoming Monaghan representatives Inniskeen by 0-23 to 0-8.

Shamrocks beat Gort na Mona (Antrim) at the quarter-final stage with some comfort and will now look to Sean Campbell, Eoin McGuinness, Ruairi Campbell, Ryan Courtney, Artie McGuinness and Conor McPolin to fire up their challenge.

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